The rodeo rider is an iconic American image, a death-defying stuntman risking life and limb to cling to a bucking bronco for longer than the next poor guy. But what about the women who participate in this crazy sport?
Nancy Davidson set out to examine these brave ladies in the wider context of gender issues and American icons and, with the help of a Creative Capital Grant, got to work on her latest offering featuring the principal sculpture Dustup. The giant inflatable, made from intentionally overblown vinyl-nylon, depicts an unpredictable movement of cowgirl-booted legs suspended over a pile of sawdust. Davidson’s playful yet grandiose sculpture also pokes fun at the American “super-size” culture.
The exhibition at New York’s Betty Cunningham Gallery, Davidson’s first solo show there, features two more fun inflatable pieces, RowdyAnn and the earlier Carnivaleyes, plus a video looking at rodeo riders entitled All Stories Are True. Yee-ha.